Thursday, November 20, 2014, @ 8PM
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)
Marie Incontrera & The Eco-Music Big Band
Warren Smith: The Symphonic Quartet
Composer Marie Incontrera leads the Eco-Music Big Band in a tribute to her mentor, composer and baritone saxophonist Fred Ho, who passed away earlier this year. The Eco-Music Big Band is a 15-piece, multi-generational big band that is committed to continuing the prodigious compositional and creative legacy of Fred Ho. The ensemble also performs the works of the overlooked composers of 20th century (such as Cal Massey), and provides a platform for the next generation of big band composers. This evening will tribute the life and work of Fred Ho by featuring his works as well as the works of Cal Massey, of his final composition protege Marie Incontrera, and of young, Canadian-native big band composer, Liberte-Anne Lymberiou.
Composer and percussionist Warren Smith continues his yearlong celebration of his 80th birthday with the premiere of his new Symphonic Quartet, with Sonelius Smith (piano & keyboard), James Stewart (woodwinds), Ratzo Harris (bass and cello), and Warren Smith on multiple percussion. The group will present a new hour-long composition, “Songs and Poems of ReReconstruction”. The title refers to similarities of current national and political activities in the US with those of the mid-19th century (postbellum).
The Eco-Music Big Band:
Saxophones (ATTB): Jay Rodriguez, Livio Almeida, Alejandro Aviles, Larry Bustamante.
Trumpets: Bryan Davis, Mark McGowan, Nabate Isles, Adam O’Farrill
Trombones: David Whitwell, David Taylor
Violin: Julianne Carney
Cello: Gabriel Dresdale
Piano: Albert Marques
Electric Bass: Amanda Ruzza
Drums: Zack O’Farrill
One of the outstanding composers of his generation, New York-based Chinese-American saxophonist and cultural activist Fred Ho founded the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble (1982), the Asian-American Art Ensemble (1981-88), and the Monkey Orchestra (1990), all of them fusing Western and Eastern instruments and influenced by Afro-American traditions, especially inspired by Charles Mingus’s orchestras. Later ensembles included The Green Monster Big Band, The Saxophone Liberation Front, and Brooklyn Sax Quartet (cofounded with David Bindman). Among many honors, he was the first Asian American musician to be awarded the Duke Ellington Distinguished Artist Lifetime Achievement Award. The names of Fred Ho’s many recordings, from the 1980s forward, express the singular fusion of art and activism that became his insistent call: Tomorrow Is Now, We Refuse To Be Used and Abused, Turn Pain Into Power; The Black Panther Suite, and many others. In addition to his music, Fred Ho authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and books, including Wicked Theoryand Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level. He was the subject of the book-length study Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho(ed. Roger N. Buckley and Tamara Roberts) and featured in Bill V. Mullen’s Afro Orientalism.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1934 Warren Smith (who “…might be the only man alive who has played with Nat Cole, and Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis and Harry Partch”) moved to New York City to receive his Masters of Music in Percussion from Manhattan School of Music in 1958 and continued his professional career. Since that time, Warren has spent the last six decades performing and teaching in New York and all over the world. One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, and also played with Gil Evans that year. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble, a New York-based jazz composition and performance ensemble. In the 1960s Smith accompanied Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 1964–76 and with Gil Evans again from 1968 to 1976. In 1969 he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with King Curtis and with Tony Williams Lifetime. He was also a founding member of Max Roach’s percussion ensemble, M’Boom, in 1970. In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio WIS, which acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison, and Joe Zawinul. He continued to work on Broadway into the 1990s, and has performed with a number of classical ensembles. Warren’s teaching experience includes 10 years in the New York City Board of Education, three years at Adelphi University and 25 years at SUNY Old Westbury. Currently, Warren continues to tour, perform, and record with a variety of Performing Artists throughout the world.
509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
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